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The Rock Master Festival 2014 kicks off on Thursday 28 August with an intense four day line-up: Lead, Boulder, Paraclimbing Cup, Speed World Cup and the Arco Rock Legends Award. The Festival then continues from 4 – 7 September with the Rock Junior competition and the IFSC European Youth Bouldering Championships.
Here we go again. It seems impossible, but another year’s gone by already, flown past to tell the truth, and an idea about time passing comes from the fact the another Rock Master is at the doorstep. Yes, because the traditional appointment during the last weekend of August and the first weekend of September always marks an important turning point: summer is about to end (in actual fact it looks as if it’s only about to start) and with it comes one of the the most important events in the competition calendar: the legendary Rock Master come. For the 28th consecutive year, the Rock Master marks the passing of time like a metronome and there’s a ritual that is always repeated: people migrate to Arco, to its limestone crags, the climbing amongst the olive groves, the obligatory ice cream in the center while looking at the shop windows, Lake Garda that literally takes your breath away every time you first see it. And above all people flock towards that beautiful green lawn, almost perfectly English, nestled at the foot of Mount Colodri and surrounding the Climbing Stadium wall on which the best athletes in the world contend for the title that simply cannot be missing from their results.
So on Thursday morning the Rock Master Festival gets underway, with the Open International Lead and its new formula invented a couple of years ago that gives everyone a chance to compete and qualify for Saturday’s battle against the 6 strongest athletes in the world, invited to Arco on the basis of the IFSC World Ranking.
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